The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord lift his countenance upon you,
and give you peace,
and give you peace.
The Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious,
and be gracious;
the Lord be gracious, gracious unto you.
Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen,
Amen, Amen, Amen.
Source: Hymns of Promise: a large print songbook #201
|First Line:||The Lord bless you and keep you|
|Title:||The Lord Bless You and Keep You|
st. = Num. 6:24-26
The words of “The LORD Bless You and Keep You’ come entirely from Numbers 6:24-26 (RSV), well known as the priestly blessing and the Aaronic benediction. Martin Bucer and John Calvin introduced the Aaronic blessing to Reformed worship after the example set by Martin Luther's Formula Missae ("Formula of the Mass," 1523).
Conclusion of worship, in which case it need not be repeated by the pastor; also appropriate during baptism, ordination, marriage, and other special occasions in Christian worship.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988